Communications expert appointed to CJCH Solicitors growing senior team

By Raspberry Jim,

A communications and strategic specialist is “proud and privileged” to have been appointed to the expanding senior leadership team at Cardiff’s CJCH Solicitors.

Luke Heydenrych, who has been at the leading legal and anti-piracy consulting firm since 2016, has been promoted to the role of chief of staff.

The 34-year-old originally joined the software anti-piracy consultancy three years ago and excelled within his role to become the head of operations in 2017.

During this time, the Cardiff University graduate has also undertaken a doctorate in law at Swansea University, specialising in international cyber crime and anti-piracy practices.


Before joining CJCH Solicitors, Mr Heydenrych worked for leading management consultancy Accenture where he accumulated a wealth of experience in corporate strategy, communication and organisational efficiency.

Luke Heydenrych, who has been at the leading legal and anti-piracy consulting firm since 2016, has been promoted to the role of chief of staff.

In his new role he will oversee all operational management at the Welsh Top 20 law firm, including strategic direction, business development, and the progression of the firm’s specialist consulting and anti-piracy division.

Mr Heydenrych said he relished the challenge ahead of him and thanked the firm’s executive board for the opportunity.

He said: “I am proud and privileged to have been appointed to the role of chief of staff at CJCH Solicitors and Consulting.

“This is a truly fantastic opportunity to drive the strategic direction and business development of this highly successful firm which I have no doubt will continue to thrive in 2019.

“CJCH is renowned for being a leader, both in the Welsh legal, and global anti-piracy industry, and continues to drive innovation in a dynamic global field.

“As such it is incredibly exciting from a professional perspective to be appointed to this newly created senior role, and I relish the challenges and opportunities it will bring. Once again I’d like to reiterate my thanks to the fantastic executive board at CJCH, and I look forward to working with the senior management team more closely going forwards.”

CJCH Solicitors is Wales Top 20 leading legal firm with over 30 years’ experience in offering expert advice across criminal law, family law, child care law, and public sector law.

Expert urges care providers not to ‘accidentally impair’ vulnerable people’s rights

By Raspberry Jim,

Care home managers, local authorities, and social workers across Cardiff are being urged not to “accidentally impair” the rights of vulnerable people by failing to follow best practice.

Amy Roberts-Rees, the head of the Court of Protection team at leading firm CJCH Solicitors, is calling on professionals across the city to ensure they are “up to date” with legislations and legal developments in order to provide the best care to at-risk people.

This comes after Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan councils earlier this year revealed that they were “struggling” to keep up with the number of referrals for deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS).

These come into effect when a person is unable to make decision surrounding their own welfare and require specialist supervision.

According to the councils, they were dealing with a backlog of over 800 outstanding assessments, after seeing DoLS referral number reach more than 2,500 between 2017/18.

In a bid to tackle this worrying upturn and ensure that vulnerable people are getting the correct initial assessment and care, Mrs Roberts-Rees hosted a Court of Protection conference at the Novotel Conference Centre in Cardiff.

The special event aimed to better inform care providers across the industry, including local authorities, social workers, solicitors, and mental health assessors, of the legislation in this area, and prevent incorrect referrals or potentially damaging intervention.

Mrs Roberts-Rees said she felt the event would help to make a “significant impact” in the welfare of thousands of people being cared for across south Wales.

She said: “It is absolutely crucial that those working across the full spectrum of the social care industry are up to date on Court of Protection, DoLS legislation, and case law in this area.

“The law changes so quickly and so extensively that care providers can quickly become outdated and may not be providing the most effective standards within their organisations, which is not just detrimental for them, but the people they care for too.

“It is for this reason, that we felt a training day was essential to ensure the industry was fully updated on recent developments within the Court of Protection concerning a person’s deprivation in care home facilities and other general welfare matters.

“I think those who attended will really see the benefits of learning more about this, which will ultimately translate into better care for vulnerable people across south Wales.”

Mrs Roberts-Rees said the event also identified worrying trends surrounding a lack of proper implementation of the Mental Capacity Act in day to day practice.

She added: “What we have learned is that some, not all, local authorities and health boards are failing to follow best practice to ensure that individuals’ rights are not being handled incorrectly.

“It is due to this worrying trend, that the event aimed to help professionals ensure there was careful care planning at all stages when supporting people who lack the capacity to make their own decisions.”

First-time buyer’s Guide to the highs and lows of property purchase

By Raspberry Jim,

Buying a new home is frequently listed as one of the most stressful experiences in life.

In fact, a recent survey of 2,000 people revealed that the majority felt purchasing a house was even more stressful than having a baby.

While that may shock some prospective house hunters, for many others this revelation won’t be a surprise.

Funding hurdles, paperwork problems, surveys, chain disputes, and title defects, are just some of the common issues which first-time buyers will be all too familiar with.

Here Julie Miles, a conveyancer and Chartered Legal Executive at leading Cardiff-based firm CJCH Solicitors, offers her advice on ensuring your buying experience helps you unlock the door to home sweet home.

Instruct a Solicitor

You’ve found your dream home and your offer has been accepted, so the first step is to instruct a solicitor.

It is often better to instruct a solicitor that has been recommended to you by family or friends, who will put your interests first, rather than a firm suggested by the agent who is likely to have a referral arrangement with them.

Ask the solicitor to provide an estimate at the outset of the costs and disbursements (costs paid to third parties on your behalf) so you can budget accordingly.

Respond as quickly as possible to any information requested by your solicitor and agree with them a realistic preferred timescale at the outset.

Funding

Unless you have an impressive savings account, then the next step will be to obtain confirmation of funding and a mortgage.  

You may have a Financial Advisor who can source the best deal for your circumstances, if not, most major lenders are on hand to help. 

It is important that you provide your advisor or lender with the most accurate information from the start to avoid any delays later down the line. Most lenders are able to issue an offer within 21 days.

If you have saved in a Help to Buy Isa account your lawyer will arrange for the government bonus to be paid to them on completion. But ensure your solicitor is informed so they can advise you when to close the account in readiness for completion.

What you see is what you buy

The property will be sold “as it stands” and whilst it may look wonderful to you, you would not wish to discover any nasty surprises once you have moved in.

For this reason, it is advisable to arrange a survey. This can either be done alongside the funding application or independently.  This will be an additional cost but will provide you with a qualified surveyor’s report of the property, highlighting any urgent repair work.

A survey may also reveal excessive repair work, and if the seller is not willing to negotiate on price, you may be forced to withdraw your offer.

These common issues frequently face first-time buyers and impact on the average six to eight-week timescale provided.

Why would it take so long?

Your solicitor will check the title deeds to the property, carrying out searches and enquiries to ensure that you buy a good and marketable property title.

A title proves that you own the property and no-one else has the right to purchase this.

This is a title that you will be able to sell without difficulty in future.  This will also be the requirement of your lender.

Often there are problems with the title – perhaps the plan is wrong, a deed is missing, there is no right of way to the front door, the correct Planning Permissions were not obtained  – the list is endless.

Common delays tend to be caused by waiting for answers to pre-contract enquires. This could be due to solicitors on the other side not responding promptly, or they are not receiving the information needed from their clients to respond.

These issues and the proposed solutions will be drawn to your attention as soon as they are noticed.

If there is a title defect, initially the seller’s solicitors will be asked to solve it. This can cause a delay as the involvement of third parties may need to be introduced to resolve the defect.

There can also be delays in the chain. Perhaps someone doesn’t want to move until a certain date or perhaps a buyer at the top of the chain is having difficultly arranging a mortgage or has had an adverse survey, forcing them to withdraw which will have a knock on effect for the chain below.

These delays are not unusual and it is important for buyers to have realistic expectations following the advice of their lawyer who will work to ensure the process runs as efficiently as possible.

It is important to be prepared for such matters, to avoid disappointment if intended timescales are significantly altered.

Whatever happens being prepared and flexible when it comes to this process really is key. Things can, and sometimes will go wrong, but most things can be resolved by a legal expert.

CJCH Solicitors has over 35 years’ of experience in property matters and conveyancing. Whether you are purchasing your first home, a buy-to-let property or expanding your property portfolio, its specialist team will guide you through the process tailoring the service to your needs. For more information visit https://www.cjchsolicitors.co.uk/

Why more women are saying I Do to prenuptial agreements

By Raspberry Jim,


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Wales’s brides-to-be are increasingly ready to sign a prenuptial agreement ahead of their vows, an expert family solicitor has revealed.

Jodi Winter, partner at CJCH Solicitors and head of Family, Matroidal and Childcare law, said the firm had seen a definite increase in engaged women entering into a prenuptial agreement before saying I Do in recent years.

A prenuptial agreement is a formal written agreement both parties enter into ahead of the marriage, which details ownership of any property, assets and finances and outlines how they will be divided in the event of a divorce.

Ms Winter, who works at the firm’s Barry office, said the influx in women consulting a solicitor could be attributed to people choosing to marry later in life.

She said: “At CJCH Solicitors we have seen a definite increase in women entering into prenuptial agreements.

“Historically, it was always men who looked into this ahead of the marriage, however that trend has definitely shifted and more women are looking to instigate this now.

“I think this comes down to the fact that they are getting married later in life, having pursued their careers and ensuring they are financially stable. As such they want to ensue the property, assets, and finances they have acquired are protected in the event of a divorce.”

Ms Winter, whose legal specialisms also include cohabitation agreements, said overall the firm had seen an increase in the number of people in Wales entering into a prenuptial agreement ahead of their wedding, with both men and women making more enquiries.

She said that as women and men married later in life they were more cautious about protecting themselves financially as they entered into marriage.

She added: “We see a lot of people getting married for the first time in their mid to late 30s now, who have got their own properties, business and other assets.

“Equally, there are a lot of more mature people entering into their second marriage, having already gone through divorce once.

“I think that age is a definite factor in the decision to enter into a prenuptial agreement, and I think the gradual rise we have seen in drafting agreements can be linked with later marriages.”

Ms Winter also outlined the top considerations to couples considering entering a prenuptial agreement ahead of their big day.

When should proceedings start?

This should be carried out at least 28 days ahead of the wedding to ensure all matters are resolved ahead of the ceremony. Allow as much time as possible to ensure all matters are thoroughly considered, negotiated and signed without any unnecessary pressure.

What does a prenuptial agreement protect?

A prenuptial agreement can protect all aspects of both partner’s finances, assets, and property which they acquired before getting married. It can also protect inherited assets,  children’s inheritance, control over a business, protect one partner against the other’s debt, and savings.

How do you make a start?

You can get in touch with the expert Family and Childcare Law team at CJCH Solicitors which can guide you through the process. We have extensive experience in working with couples to ensure the outcome is fair and protects everyone’s interests.

What happens if you spilt without a prenuptial agreement in place?

Generally assets are divided 50/50 among both parties in the event of a divorce that doesn’t involve a prenuptial agreement. However, if you feel there is likely to be a financial, or asset imbalance, and there are elements you’d like to protect, then it could be worth entering into a prenuptial agreement.

What’s the difference between a prenuptial agreement and a cohabitation agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a formal written agreement both parties enter into ahead of a marriage, which outlines their individual entitlements in the event of a divorce. A cohabitation agreement is more specifically suited to couples who are living together, but are unmarried. This also outlines issues including ownership of assets after a divorce, child arrangements, and joint financial dealings. However, couples who are intending to marry while living together would be advised to get a prenuptial agreement before the wedding as it offers greater legal enforceability in the event of a separation.

CJCH Solicitors appoints ‘highly experienced’ court administrator

By Raspberry Jim,

 


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A court administrator with over 15 years’ experience covering cases across south Wales has joined leading legal firm CJCH Solicitors.

Sally Ann Chapman has been appointed as the coordinator of the Court of Protection team based at the specialist firm’s Barry office.

Mrs Chapman joins the firm after developing her skills in the Court of Protection (CoP) since 2012 and building up vast experience across HM Courts and Tribunal Service since 2003.

Her extensive knowledge of the Court of Protection and the judicial system, will be of significant benefit to CJCH Solicitors and add to its breadth of expertise in this area, said head of the department for family and children law Jodi Winter.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sally to the firm having worked with her through the court system for a number of years.

“Her unparalleled first-hand experience is certain to be invaluable to our attorneys in the Court of Protection team. It is an absolute privilege to be working with someone of her experience and talent and we look forward to the positive impact this will have for CJCH.”

Before joining CJCH Solicitors, which has over 30 years’ experience in advising across all aspects of employment law and the provision of HR legal services, Mrs Chapman worked at the highest levels of Cardiff’s court system, assisting district judges and helping to streamline the Court of Protection’s online filing systems across all regions.

During her lengthy career she became the only CoP clerk to work with 10 judges through the Wales region, and managed over 70 live cases. Not only did she list cases at Cardiff court she also liaised with Swansea, Haverfordwest, Aberystwyth and Caernarfon.

Mrs Chapman believes her experience and effective working relationship with the court will be a “big asset” in her new role.

On her appointment she said: “I’m very excited to be joining CJCH Solicitors. I chose this firm as I enjoyed working with CJCH when I was with the court, I found the team to be friendly, efficient and helpful.

“I also knew they were the biggest firm in South Wales involved in CoP work, so I knew there would be plenty of opportunities to develop and grow within the firm.

“Through this role I am working with the team who represent the protected party. I am finding that there are some real opportunities to develop my skills and progress in my career. It is rewarding to be supporting vulnerable people to get the best care that they require.

“I look forward to continuing my professional development and understanding of my role and doing my work with confidence and precision. I am also looking forward to lots of challenges and opportunities that may come my way.”

 

 

Cardiff experts recover over £20m for international piracy victims

By Raspberry Jim,

Experts at Cardiff’s CJCH Consulting recovered over £20 million for companies which have fallen victim to international intellectual property theft last year, it has been revealed.

Consultants at the specialist firm, which offers industry-leading anti-piracy and compliance services, recovered the “significant sum” for its clients throughout 2017.

The figure includes recoveries for industries ranging from engineering, to oil and gas, and film, which faced severe copyright, primarily software, infringements over the 12-month period.

In order to recover any funds lost as a result of intellectual property theft, CJCH Consulting’s experts combine their technical knowledge, research and legal enforcement skills to recoup any losses.

Antony Crampton, Compliance and Investigations Director at CJCH Consulting, said the vast sum recovered was fantastic news for hundreds of businesses whose intellectual property was illegally targeted in 2017.

He said: “As a team we are thrilled to have recovered this significant sum of money for our clients across the UK and internationally.

“This achievement reflects the determination and skill demonstrated by our dedicated teams, who have worked tirelessly to recover these funds for our clients.

“Our Anti-Piracy and Compliance Team is developing an international reputation thanks to its expertise in this area, and with impressive results such as these it’s easy to see why.

“We are proud to be supporting the fight against international intellectual property infringement and look forward to supporting our existing and new clients further in 2018.”

The figure comes on the back of a successful year for the consulting firm’s anti-piracy team, which attracted investment from the Welsh Government in March to create a global IP Anti-Piracy Unit at its Cardiff head office.

Alongside its Anti-Piracy achievements, CJCH Consulting and its legal arm CJCH Solicitors also recruited 36 new members of staff across both businesses in a bid to further strengthen its client offering last year.

And this year will bring even more good news, as 2018 marks the five-year anniversary since Colin Jones Solicitors merged with Clarke & Hartland to form CJCH Solicitors in its current form.

The merger took place in 2013 when founding partners Stephen Clarke, Tim Hartland, and Jacqui Seal, brought together the two established firms with over 30 years’ experience in the Welsh legal sector.

They chose to combine Mr Clarke’s expertise in intellectual property and criminal law, Mr Hartland’s specialism in criminal law and conveyancing, and Ms Seal’s skills in criminal and military law to create a fully comprehensive legal and consulting firm which met the evolving needs of people across Wales.

Now, CJCH is a Wales top-20 law firm with headquarters in Cardiff, which has grown to more than 100 members of staff. Its expertise covers the full range of legal services including commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, intellectual property, mental health, employment law, motoring, property, family, child care, crime, wills & probate.

Cardiff experts recover over £20m for international piracy victims

By Raspberry Jim,

Experts at Cardiff’s CJCH Consulting recovered over £20 million for companies which fell victim to international intellectual property theft last year, it has been revealed.

Consultants at the specialist firm, which offers industry-leading anti-piracy and compliance services, recovered the “significant sum” for its clients throughout 2017.

The figure includes recoveries for industries ranging from engineering, to oil and gas, and film, which faced severe copyright, primarily software, infringements over the 12-month period.

In order to recover any funds lost as a result of intellectual property theft, CJCH Consulting’s experts combine their technical knowledge, research and legal enforcement skills to recoup any losses.

Antony Crampton, Compliance and Investigations Director at CJCH Consulting, said the vast sum recovered was fantastic news for hundreds of businesses whose intellectual property was illegally targeted in 2017.

He said: “As a team we are thrilled to have recovered this significant sum of money for our clients across the UK and internationally.

“This achievement reflects the determination and skill demonstrated by our dedicated teams, who have worked tirelessly to recover these funds for our clients.

“Our Anti-Piracy and Compliance Team is developing an international reputation thanks to its expertise in this area, and with impressive results such as these it’s easy to see why.

“We are proud to be supporting the fight against international intellectual property infringement and look forward to supporting our existing and new clients further in 2018.”

The figure comes on the back of a successful year for the consulting firm’s anti-piracy team, which attracted investment from the Welsh Government in March to create a global IP Anti-Piracy Unit at its Cardiff head office.

Alongside its Anti-Piracy achievements, CJCH Consulting and its legal arm CJCH Solicitors also recruited 36 new members of staff across both businesses in a bid to further strengthen its client offering last year.

And this year will bring even more good news, as 2018 marks the five-year anniversary since Colin Jones Solicitors merged with Clarke & Hartland to form CJCH Solicitors in its current form.

The merger took place in 2013 when founding partners Stephen Clarke, Tim Hartland, and Jacqui Seal, brought together the two established firms with over 30 years’ experience in the Welsh legal sector.

They chose to combine Mr Clarke’s expertise in intellectual property and criminal law, Mr Hartland’s specialism in criminal law and conveyancing, and Ms Seal’s skills in criminal and military law to create a fully comprehensive legal and consulting firm which met the evolving needs of people across Wales.

Now, CJCH is a Wales top-20 law firm with headquarters in Cardiff, which has grown to more than 100 members of staff. Its expertise covers the full range of legal services including commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, intellectual property, mental health, employment law, motoring, property, family, child care, crime, wills & probate.

 

CJCH Solicitors in landmark collaboration with Swansea University Law School exploring cyber crime

By Raspberry Jim,

CJCH Solicitors has joined forces with Swansea University Law School to form a collaborative partnership exploring international cyber-crime.

The professional collaboration will see specialist consultant from the leading legal firm, Luke Heydenrych, undertake a three-year PhD in Law exploring the motivating factors which influence intellectual property crime.

As part of his course Mr Heydenrych will study the psychology behind such crimes, and examine how cultural and geographical factors may influence infringement.

This is the latest strategic partnership undertaken by the university in a bid to encourage professional knowledge sharing, and economic progression across Wales, with previous collaborations including Rolls Royce.

On his research Mr Heydenrych said he was delighted to have been given the opportunity to research a topic he is passionate about. He said: “When the opportunity was presented to me by our CEO, Stephen Clarke, I was immediately interested due to Swansea’s reputation in the fields of post-graduate research and innovation.

“It has been fascinating studying the psychological motivations behind IP crime, with criminology theory taking up the majority of my focus from an initial research perspective.

“Much of what I am finding is that people tend to convince themselves that the behaviour of infringing online is different to that of physical theft. Excuses such as accessibility, cost and convenience are used when asking why someone might infringe online, but not in real life.”

His ground-breaking research will also incorporate 3D printing, to demonstrate how IP theft could lead to sensitive information bypassing safeguards, such as regulations or border controls, to allow items such as weapons or medical components to be printed in other countries

The research is also proving beneficial to Mr Heydenrych’s part-time role at CJCH Solicitors, enabling the firm to better tackle infringement and piracy on a global scale.

While the collaboration is with CJCH Solicitors, the firm’s consultancy arm, CJCH Consulting, is internationally renowned for providing industry leading anti-piracy and compliance services, tailored to client’s specific needs.

He said: “It goes without saying that the course will enhance my own development and value to the industry, but it will definitely contribute positively to the CJCH strategy. The firm has been shaking up the global Anti-Piracy and Licence Compliance industry from South Wales for many years, and is continuing to spend time and resources on expanding that offering, but also contributing to the general community knowledge and awareness.”

His employer has also been “extremely supportive” of him undertaking the challenging research work alongside his professional role. He said: “CJCH are my sponsor on this program, and have actually been incredibly supportive, they have adapted the role around my studies and have given me access to time and resources to complete my research wherever I am. CJCH understands the need to further this field and to develop the industry. I don’t think I would have found a law firm or consultancy this supporting anywhere else.”

Stephen Clarke, CEO at CJCH Solicitors, said: “Our collaboration with Swansea University Law School is a pilot initiative as we look at new opportunities to establish thought leadership and next generation thinking in the fields of digital commerce and cyber protection. We need to look to the bigger picture, that it is not about building our own internal capabilities, but sharing our insight to contribute to a more informed and able community.”

 

CJCH Solicitors’ collaboration boosts global fight against cyber crime

By Raspberry Jim,

A Cardiff law firm is strengthening the fight against international piracy and cyber crime thanks to a landmark legal collaboration.

Experts from CJCH Solicitors have teamed up with Chinese law firm Hunyuan Partners to share their renowned anti-piracy knowledge, which could help tackle the wide-spread issue internationally.

As part of the initiative, chief executive officer and founding partner Stephen Clarke, and head of licence compliance research Tim Early, recently travelled to the firm’s Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul offices in a bid to further understanding surrounding anti-piracy practice.

During the trip topics discussed included software piracy, how to interpret infringement telemetry, and best practice from CJCH’s extensive experience of working in the field of Software Licence Compliance.

Mr Clarke, who specialises in advising in intellectual property and criminal law, said this was the start of an exciting new phase for both firms.

He said: “We would like to thank senior partner at the firm Zhenhao for welcoming us and working so effectively to further this collaboration.

“Not only will this exciting initiative help to strengthen international anti-piracy measures, it will also enable both firms to explore new markets and extend their legal and business reach into Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

“This new collaboration has opened up a wealth of exciting prospects for both firms and we welcome the opportunity to support each other in the future.”

Mr Early, from the Cardiff-based firm, said the initiative had been “extremely beneficial” for both firms, forging strong links going forwards.

He said: “This was a resounding success in international collaboration and cross-border relationship building. Based on the positive feedback received from the attendees, the training was well received and they were able to put the disseminated information to good use immediately.

“We look forward to progressing this new partnership and utilising it to enhance anti-piracy measures internationally.”

CJCH Solicitors was called on thanks to its international reputation in the fields of cyber crime and anti-piracy, having recouped millions of euros for clients in recent years.

Earlier this year their expertise attracted backing from the Welsh Government, as the specialist Cardiff firm aims to create and run a central hub for anti-piracy and cyber security in Wales.